Email encryption is a security measure to encode, or scramble, a message so that only recipients with the key (code) can unscramble and read the message. All faculty and staff now have email encryption enabled for their ECU email account.
ECU has recently implemented the Data Loss Prevention program that helps ensure sensitive emails are encrypted. To learn more, visit the DLP page.
Examples include:Senders flag the sensitivity of a message as confidential before sending to outside recipient.
- Patient billing information sent to Vidant Medical Center
- Research data containing SSNs emailed to a research partner at another institution
- Student records emailed to another university
- See the sensitive information website for more
- Messages sent from ECU user to ECU user do not require encryption
Recipients receive the message as an attachment that is opened using their Cisco password. First-time users are prompted to create a Cisco account to create a password. This password should be different than the ECU passphrase, if recipient is an ECU staff. Replies and forwards of the same conversation must be re-encrypted.
Messages can be retracted through Cisco, if sent to the wrong address, for example.
Click Start - from the All Programs list, scroll to the Microsoft Office folder. Mac users find their version from the Outlook menu (beside the Apple icon).